Australian speedster Ryan Harris has not been a player who has played as many games as the others in the IPL, but in the games that he has played, he has given a good account of himself by claiming wickets on a consistent basis for the two teams that he has represented so far. He was a part of the triumphant Deccan Chargers side in 2009 and after playing for them for one more season in 2010, he was bought by the Kings XI Punjab in 2011.
In the past 3 seasons he has represented the Chandigarh based side with distinction and is often regarded as the linchpin of their attack, although certain circumstances like the limitation on the number of foreign players, injuries and Australia’s international calendar has not made it possible for him to be a regular in the side. Recently he has had an extended run with the Australian side in the Ashes and hence it can be speculated that he is now back to full fitness, which should result in a fair run in the next season of the IPL.
Harris is a typical Australian fast bowler who bowls quickly, at a good length and can trouble the best of batsmen with the swing and seam movement that he can extract from the seemingly dead pitches in India. He shoulders the responsibility of opening the bowling for his side and over the years he has proven to be an extremely awkward bowler to negotiate early on due to the bounce he can get from a good length as well as his tactical nous which allows him to work out the weakness of a batsman early on. Although he is often asked to bowl in the death overs, he has not exactly done himself justice since he does not have a potent yorker, which often ends up being an over pitched delivery.
The Deccan Chargers bought him outside of the auction in 2009 and hence the actual amount they paid for him is unknown; however in 2011 auctions, he was sold to the Kings XI Punjab for $325,000. His base price was $200,000.
As mentioned earlier Ryan Harris is a wicket-taker par excellence and his best haul came in a league game against the Rajasthan Royals when he claimed 4/34 off his full quota of 4 overs. Although the Royals ran away with the game with a massive total of 177, it was Harris who minimized the damage by claiming the crucial wickets of Rahul Dravid, Ajinkya Rahane, Brad Hodge and Stuart Binny.
The most striking feature about Ryan Harris’s statistics is his overall strike rate of 18.48 which indicates that he takes 2 wickets for every 6 overs he bowls and that is something that not many bowlers can boast of in the IPL. The economy rate is however something that should be reined in a bit by the burly Australian since it seems to tarnish an otherwise immaculate stats report.
Did you know?
Ryan Harris is nicknamed Rhino by his team mates in the Australian side for his broad shoulders. When he charges in to bowl to a batsman, one surely gets that image. Harris is married to his girlfriend of several years Cherie Lewis, who is an accountant by profession and the couple got married back in 2011.
By Soham Sammadar